Victorian novelist Elizabeth Gaskell was born in London on this day in 1810. Elizabeth Gaskell was close friends with novelist Charlotte Brontë, the author of Jane Eyre. After Brontë died, Gaskell wrote the biography The Life of Charlotte Brontë (1857), which many scholars now…
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Today is the birthday of scrivener and alchemist Nicholas Flamel, who was born on the outskirts of Paris in the year 1300 to a poor but respectable…
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“Artists are nourished more by each other than by fame or by the public. To give one’s work to the world is an experience of peculiar emptiness. The…
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Today is the birthday of the composer George Gershwin (1898) who, with his brother Ira, created many classic Broadway musicals. An unrelated musical…
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Today features the poem "Ice Cream Shop" by Shel Silverstein on his birthday (1930). It is also the birthday of novelist William Faulkner in 1879.
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Muppets creator Jim Henson was born on this day in 1936. The author of "The Great Gatsby" F. Scott Fitzgerald was born on this day in 1986. And, poet…
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It's the birthday of Baroness Emmuska Orczy, born Baroness Emma Magdalena Rosália Mária Josefa Borbára Orczy at her family's estate in Hungary (1865).
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On this day in 1862, President Abraham Lincoln signed his preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, a document that put the Confederacy on notice of his…
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